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Oben/Unten


Published 1967
Topics Mommartz


Above/Under: The rock band The Iceni is featured as five men are shown floating before a black background while the torso of a man and a dancing girl's legs are shown in a dance loop.


Run time 3:30
Producer Lutz Mommartz
Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information www.mommartzfilm.de

Credits

The Lutz Mommartz Film Archive is a collection of the film works of German film-maker Lutz Mommartz, considered to be one of the pioneers in the film genre known as the "other cinema". Mommartz was born in Erkelenz in 1934 and spent most of his life in Dusseldorf. He began making movies in 1967 and eventually became Professor of Film at the Kunstakademie Munster. He still lives and works in Germany, dividing his time between Dusseldorf and Berlin.

Shotlist

..... Oben/Unten, which accepts alternating to slow motion and normal admission five dancers and a dancer, is more complicated. The image plane is horizontally divided, so that by the double admission of the bodies of a man with that of a girl can be combined. Then the camera turns total the axle and it follows in changed order again combined photographs.

(Lexikon des Neuen Europ. Films)

Reviews

Reviewer: nrajr - - June 11, 2014
Subject: Nothing special
Being from the era, I suspect this is one of the pieces of "art" created while the artist(s) was stoned or tripping on acid, and meant to be appreciated under the same influence. I now find it hard to believe we liked this kind of stuff. Rather nonsensical really.
Reviewer: musetian - - June 11, 2014
Subject: MPEG2 file is not de-interlaced
Just a heads up: to get rid of the streaks on the MPEG2 file, de-interlace the video.

For instance the VLC player can do it while you watch the film, or you can use the freeware program "MPEG streamclip" to de-interlace it and save it to a new file.
Reviewer: whm332 - - December 7, 2005
Subject: Sprocketfilmenhomage
I add might only that now is the time on Sprockets when we dance. "Why does Herr K Go Amok?" Now we know.
Reviewer: left wing films - - November 30, 2005
Subject: something weird
I love this one
If you re a freak for weird memorabilia you should check it out
I ll rate it 4 stars for the hypnotic imagery and the rebel amateur attitude
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - October 30, 2005
Subject: Dancing with a Difference
Experimental German film featuring people dancing to techno/noise music. Bizarre camera angles and tricks are experimented with, resulting in a moderately strange, trippy experience, though nothing as disturbing as The Buckskin Kid. The music really carries this one, having a bit more structure and interest than most techno/noise stuff.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
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